When Boy Meets Girl
Jayden + Logan Taylor’s Love Story…
It is a rarity to find your true love and the person you’re going to marry when you are just 10 years old. It sounds like something that only exists in movies and fairytales. I’m the lucky girl who got my very own fairytale, meeting my husband before I even knew what love really was. My husband, Logan, and I met when he moved into the house across the street when I was 10 and he was 12 years old. He claims he had a crush on me the first time he saw me and I say the same thing about him. It was such an innocent and childlike love, peeking out my window with giddy eyes to see if he was home or playing with his friends out front. Many days after school and in the summer were spent doing just that – all of us neighborhood kids riding bikes, playing hide and seek and adventuring together. As the years went on, so did our relationship.
We dated throughout high school and eventually into college for me and working in his career for him. We got to grow up together and go through the motions of figuring out who we were and who we wanted to be, side by side. Not many people make it out of that and decide they still belong together, but through it all, that’s where we always ended up. Just like everything else, we started our family early. First, we had our son Teegan, and then two years later, our second son, Bodi. We got engaged in October 2020 when Logan proposed to me at the Oregon Sand Dunes at sunset, which has always been a family favorite place to vacation. In September 2021, we had the most beautiful day surrounded by our loved ones as we officially joined as one in marriage. I read in my vows, “I have loved you for approximately 4,380 days and that isn’t an exaggeration – I have loved you and only you my entire life. You have been my only kiss, my first kiss and you will be my last. How lucky am I that I have been able to love you for so many years before we even got to our wedding day. I know our journey hasn’t been traditional, but by the amazing grace of God, we have turned this into something beautiful and amazing. We are a diamond in the rough – not many couples with a story like ours make it to the altar.”
Today, we are raising our two sons in the same neighborhood where Logan and I grew up. We are about to welcome a little girl, who is due in May. We watch the young neighborhood kids, as well as ours, ride their scooters and bikes on our street and just think about how not too long ago, that was us. Our story is so bountiful, full of joy and love, and we look forward to each day, continuing to live out our real life fairytale together. •